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Niles councilman pleads not guilty to traffic violation

Published: Sat, August 31, 2013 @ 12:04 a.m.

Staff report


Niles Councilman Edward S. McCormick pleaded not guilty to operating a motor vehicle impaired stemming from a traffic crash Aug. 24 on Pratt Street.

McCormick, 59, of Elm Court, a Democrat, has been 4th Ward councilman since 2007. He entered his plea earlier this week in Niles Municipal Court.

McCormick was traveling south on Pratt and was attempting a right turn on Park Avenue when he struck a pickup truck, police said.

A Niles patrolman said he arrived on the scene at 7:19 p.m. and found McCormick talking to ambulance personnel. The officer said he could smell alcohol on the councilman’s breath.

McCormick was unsteady on his feet and had to be helped to the cruiser for field-sobriety testing, according to police.

He failed part of the test and could not keep his balance while being given instructions for another part of the test, police said. He was taken to the police department, where a breath-analysis test indicated he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.228, which is nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08.

McCormick also is charged with making an improper right turn and was considered at fault in the accident.

McCormick admitted drinking all day, including beer and whiskey at a Niles club, police said.

McCormick was charged with operating a vehicle while impaired and other offenses by the Ohio State Highway Patrol for an accident in February 1998, but the OVI charge was reduced to reckless operation in Warren Municipal Court.

McCormick is on the November ballot for re-election to his council position. He has no opponent.


1southsidedave(5199 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Man up and plead guilty...end all of this nonsense about not being guilty.

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2Fireman1978(1 comment)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Dave, you seem like you're probably a pretty big deuche bag. It, I'm sure, is easy for you to read these random articles and pass what you must believe is wisdom onto these otherwise good people and go on with your life feeling good about yourself. When the fact of the matter is that the only information you have to judge these people on is the brief article you happener to glance through. I am guessing that just because this gentleman is a city councilman and wants to give back to city he grew up in, you feel that you are perfectly entilied to pass judgement on him. Well talk with your vote and for the benefit of the rest of us keep your opinion to yourself. And as far as the 'Man up' coment goes... I seriously doubt that there is one aspect in which Mr. McCormick is non ten times the man you are. Instead of spending his time commenting 4155 times on newspaper articles, he, if you do any research at all, spent his life providing clean water to Niles at the Mahoning Valley Santiary District. He started as a janitor and worked all the way up to Chief of Operations. So it sounds to me like if anyone needs to man up here it's you. I'm sure Mr. McCormick will accept whatever decision that the court makes and is the type of 'man' that will understand the gravity of this unfortunate action and never repeat it. Maybe you should understand that no one really gives a damn about your opinion and keep it to yourself next time.

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